Given when I was camping at Whitewater Preserve earlier this month, and I got two nasty bites (I do not know where, I think when I was walking around, near the ponds as that was when my back first started to itch) and, given spider season is here, I did a preemptive strike against them today and fumigated the bus today, took out the blankets, shook em, washed em, and such. I also decided it was time to wash the awning as it was getting quite dirty from the setting her up upon unpaved ground. Once she is aired out well enough, I will wipe down and sweep out everything so we can yard camp again =])
Sorry, no pics... I was so busy talking to the curious that I did not get a chance BUT plenty pics were taken of her tonight. I had adults and kids alike amazed with her and even going inside her and resting on her cozy bed seat. It was great fun. I guess wish that cute man who kept looking over my way all night would have came over and said hello. ;)
Been trying to get some pics of her interior... but lately since I have been in her so much, it looks lived in. Oh well, never said she was a show car ;)
Spent the night. Awesome spot and so quiet. I mean reallly reallllly quiet. at nighttime there is not a sound; too quiet for my tastes.... LOL I need wind or something to sleep. But I will be back. Local to home and I get a discount. What I really like about it is that it is close enough to town of Idyllwild. Even I can walk to town for some food and shopping.
I can't say enough about this great place!
I spent two nights camping here and it was absolutely wonderful! Just a beautiful place overflowing with tranquility and quiet. The first night, I did have a fright when I was awaken by the sound of some creatures romping around on my roof; turned out just to be a family of raccoon's trying to find a way in to share dinner with me. ;) They had a blast, using my racks and ladder as their own personal jungle gym and visited me several times the first night. The second night, I sliced up an apple into chunks and left it on the stone wall some 25 ft away and they chittered and chatted away, but left me alone as a thanks for the food gesture.
If you are Looking for a nice get-away in So Cal but low on funds, I highly recommend the place! The Whitewater Preserve is open year round (weather permitting) and allows camping for up to 3 nights in any given month for free, though they do appreciate and survive on donations. There are no hook-ups, but tent or self-contained camping in vehicles under 20' allowed. There are restrooms open 24 hours, no trash cans, you are supposed to pack out what you bring in BUT they do have bear-proof dumpsters for campers to place their trash in. Lots of hiking trails, including a trail that meets up with the Pacific Coast Trail that spans from Mexico border to Canada border. Rules and info can be found here if interested: http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.html
Also, know there is no cell phone service there at all; the ranger station will allow landline phone calls (during business hours) in an emergency. Or you can drive back down the canyon road towards the I-10 about 3.5 miles and you will get your cell service back. No wood/charcoal fires are allowed. You can use gas (propane or butane) grills only.
They also have a crystal clear, stream water fed "Wading Pool" to cool your toes and soul in.
As I was motoring with her to the grocers this morning, I was tending to notice what others had (bigger houses with nice yards, garages and such) and thinking how no matter how I tried, my wishes and dreams never came to fruition and how I was feeling pretty much a failure at everything in my life and had nothing to show for it. Upset with myself, I started to then tell myself "I know you have been in a slump for some 20 years now, but you do have two great sons and a roof over your head, so all is not that bad. And besides, look what you DID create; you are driving it and love it, and it loves you back just as much. So, do not sell yourself short as you created something wondrous that no one else in the world has." SO I feel a whole lot better about myself now. =]) I know I am special, even if no one else does. ;)
I decided it was time to have some quiet time with my corgi Ein, as he has not been camping in many years and I have not had a chance to go camping "quietly" in a long time too. To me, camping is a time to give my ears a rest and let the sounds of nature wash over over me. Anyway, I digress. Here are some pics from our two days stay. She ran over the Ortega Highway and back just great with the only hitch being, as it was raining, windshield wipers required but the darn driver-side one kept coming off... I finally got it fixed at the bottom of the hill ( I hope). ;)
A few things new, others touched up. I finished re-staining the living-quarters portion of her today. I love it and wish I had done it long ago. I also pulled back the rubber matting in there to clean under it and found a surprise; dead spiders, lots of em.... the in the little squares on the underside of the rubber mat. It seems the fogging worked, for the most part... when I was staining, one went running by me.... I had my trusty can of spider and scorpion killer right by me, so it is no more. I sprayed everything with some long lasting bug kill just to be safe and I have more fumigators just to be safe. AnyWho.... I decided to get another carpet to cover the entire exposed flooring but the one I had are out of style, no longer in stick, whatever, so she got two new carpets too. And, Her clutch lock came into. I am still working on finding the right placement of it, but it works just fine either way. even if it slips, you still cannot put the clutch pedal in enough to shift, so ya me. So, Next week, Doheny bound, Ein and me, beachside! WOHOO! A few pics of her getting her front end work done, a pic of Ein and pics of re-freshened interior.
Thanks to my pal Jeremy, I now have new tie-rods and drag link installed. I really appreciate his help, and his wife's tolerance in letting me use their driveway and her husband to help me with the repairs. They are great people1.
On a different note, so changes in appearance as well. I made some modifications and fabricated an adapter to use a pre-67 bug rear luggage rack and mounted it to the front. I then mounted an old Craftsman tool chest which I had clear coated, to the rack. Looks pretty cool to me. and of course, I am including a few pics of her inside. I plan to take everything out and stain the wood panels and such to a darker stain. She will be simply marv-va-lous!
I ordered her parts on the 22nd and shazam! Today they arrived. Considering shipping was free and normally takes like 10 days, I am amazed. Yeah, I cant wait! I get to go camping sooner than expected!
The beginning of another Winter and yes, it is the beginning of yet another battery. It is a good thing the Bosch I got in January came with a 3 year warranty as I already had to replace it. It started acting up a few months ago, me having to keep it on the charger and then maintain setting but enough was enough and I traded it in for a new one last week. I do hope I am not having to do this every year; those things are getting heavy and not the easiest to get in or out of that cozy battery cubby pot. ;) Still, happy she starts again.
I took Cikan on a little trip over the Ortega Highway and on into Laguna Beach to camp overnight at Crystal Cove. She ran great both ways and it was, for the most part, a very quiet campground. I even got to hear the rain falling on her "tin top." I will def go camping there again, and I found the perfect space to camp at next time too. =])
Well, I have not been to Lake Smellsomemore for many years, about 20 actually. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the lake was, considering the drought. The campgrounds could use some roadway and plumbing repairs, but all in all it was nice. There were ants emerging the final day of my stay, but they never went near my bus, so happy for that. All in all, it was a nice trip with some crazy, but good folks!
A while back, I went to a yard sale; something I love to do but I just do not have the budget for, and I already have enough "stuff", right? Well, whatever, I stopped by one and I found this awesome basket, and it fits right in with her decor, and it was only $5!
Cooler days are in the wind soon, so I can start camping again1 yeah!
Okay, so my last attempt at a custom gear shift knob did not work out as I planned, but this on, I have higher hopes, since metal based. This is what it will be made from:
Very cool, is it not?
Well, I have decided it will be funner to travel in the fall so we are just hanging out at home, doing spider patrol, fixing little things, wiring in head and oil temp gauges, etc. So, when it is Fall, I can roam without so many worries.
So, I am looking at switching insurances and I had her appraiser by Geico; they appraised her at $38k wow.... Glad to know if anything happens to her, I will be able to get her fixed!
If you look closely inside, you see a new addition. In this pic, it is merely set there, but soon, I am going outside to securely attach it to the cabinet. It will not block and airflow or vision issues and makes her interior even more gypsy-like. I am toying with the idea of replacing the glass in it though, with a plexiglass that I have stained to look like stained glass. I love it.
This is a very rough draft of the "stained glass that will replace the glass on the cabinet door; a work in progress,
Well, we had a nice time at Blackstar. I did leave early Sunday though due to numerous spider bites that were turning bad. In fact, I ended up going the the ER a week later because they were still getting worse. I am on bed rest and antibiotics and various other meds as they turned out to be what the doctors believe are brown recluse spider bites. Yes, she will be fumigated inside and out once I am all better. Other than that, we had a great time and I will return to that park and camp again soon.
My first night at Prado, in space 42.
Blackstar @ General admin camping
Fuzzy pic of the best camping space at park! ;)
Eric Arnold Photography pic
On a different note: I am considering offers on Cikan Vuz, and given all the work I have done on here, I am thinking asking 20k OBO is not unreasonable. Everything will be included of course, including spare parts and tools, and her complete interior.
So, I made a camping screen cover; not bad considering I used no pattern and made from scratch, and it was my first try.
This is the new set-up, in travel mode of course, and I am excited to set up camp. I might have to do some yard camping soon. . .
I can open everything now with little fuss, . The ice box opens to the inside so I can get my goodies when needed too without having to get out and go around to the rear hatch.
got re-wiring done on Bus, (mostly, I still have to figure out why fog lights are not working now...) gave new air filter elements, replaced 50% of the fuel line but they sent me wrong size ( I ordered wrong size.... :/ ) so that has to wait til another day...) tomorrow her new chests come in and I am going to start building the side cabinet for next to the bed seat. Pics when all done =])
No pics yet, but some changes are going on to the inside rear hatch area of Cikan Vuz soon, hopefully by the end of the month. So stay tuned ! ;)
Well, I have now had Cikán Vůz now for two years almost (3/19/13 was official day she arrived home). In all this time I have not been able to get the slider door to lock, nor locate a working mechanism but today I fixed it so she now locks and has an extra security latch thanks to one of these goodies. So finally, no more worries of going to load groceries and/or goodies into her at some shopping center and finding someone sitting inside of her =])
The Blue Hag
Just a crazy older gal, making ready for when my nest is empty and I can go see the world, camping and rest-stopping on the way to be able to live simply and afford ably..